William Ellis Ford (1869-1933)

William Ellis Ford. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

William was born at Church Knowle in 1869 to yeoman William Ford (1841-1898) and Penninah Ford neé Ames (1843-1923). ‘Ellis’ was the maiden name of William Ellis Ford’s paternal grandmother. He was baptised at Church Knowle on 29 September 1869. By 1871 the family were living at Steeple with William Snr.’s occupation shown as ‘Bailiff’ but in 1881 they had moved to Bucknowle Dairy House with William Snr. described as a dairyman. In 1891 their home Blashenwell Farm House with William Snr. still a dairyman and William Ellis being a farm labourer.

William Ellis Ford married Louisa Martha Hunt (1870-1936) at the old St. James Church, Kingston on 8 April 1892 with Rev. Spencer-Smith officiating. William gave his occupation as shepherd and Louisa was a dressmaker.

William and Louisa had three children:

  • Robert William Ellis ‘William’ Ford (1893-1950) – see below
  • Bertie Ford (1895-1918) – see later
  • George Ford (1900-1987) – see later

In 1901 the family were at Whiteway Farm, Church Knowle and in 1911 were at Manor Farm, Tarrant Monkton. The family later took on Swalland Farm, Kimmeridge.

William died on 31 December 1933 leaving Louisa a widow. His estate was valued at £1,271. Louisa died just under three years later on 9 October 1936.


Robert William Ellis ‘William’ Ford (1893-1950)

William was born at Kingston on 14 August 1893, most likely at Blashenwell Farm House where the family were living. He was an Artillery Gunner based at Westham Camp, Weymouth in 1915.

He married Coastguard Officer’s daughter Winifred May Pearson (1895-1978) on 12 December 1915 at Kimmeridge Church. Her father’s previous posting was at Portaferry, County Down, Ireland.

William and Winifred had two daughters:

  • Mary Louise B Ford (1917–1998) – born 1 April 1917 – never married
  • Hazel May Ford (1922-2005) – born 17 May 1922 – Hazel married Stanley Pike (1920-2003) in 1941 and they had two sons – the family later moved to Basingstoke

William and Winifred were at Petersham Farm, Gaunts near Wimborne in 1939 with daughter Hazel who was shown as semi-invalided.


Bertie Ford (1895-1918)

Bertie was born at East Holme.  He worked as a dairyman for his father at Swalland Farm, Kimmeridge.

Bertie married farmer’s daughter Mabel May Coward (1894-1980) on 6 September 1916 at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. Bertie and Mabel had a son:

  • Bertram William Charles Ford (1917-?)  –  Bertram married Phyllis Trixie Mitchell (1921-1993) in 1939 – Bertram was a Chief Technician in the RAF service no. 520347 and, according to The Gazette of 4 May 1954, was ‘Mentioned in Despatches’, in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya – Bertram and Phyllis had a son and a daughter

Bertie Snr. served with the Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry) 3rd (Reserves) Battalion at Belfast in 1918. Sadly he sustained injuries while there and died from them at Holywood Barracks, Belfast on 27 June 1918. He was buried at Belfast City Cemetery on the Falls Road and is commemorated on a screen wall there (reference H3 538). Sadly, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the screen wall has been “the constant subject of attack by vandals over the years”.

His widow Mabel married Percy George Bastable (1892-1958) in 1923. He was gamekeeper at Hinton St. Mary, Dorset in 1935 and is buried in the graveyard there. They had a daughter Vera Mabel Bastable (1927-2000).



George Ford (1900-1987)

George Ford, Swalland. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

George was born at Holme on 2 Febuary 1900 and baptised there on  1 April 1900. George married Louisa Cordelia Queenie Hargedon (1902-1977) in 1926.

George and Louisa had six children: Lena, Paddy, Helen, Esme, Bobby and Doreen. When Reggie Prior’s mother Winnie died, the Fords took Reggie under their wing. Reggie married Esme at St. James’ Church, Kingston on 6 September 1952.

Lena was Born at Compact Farm, Worth Matravers. Paddy was born at Lytchett. The family then lived at Orchard Hill.

In later years George and Louisa lived on Valley Road, before moving to Bovington.

George Ford with children Paddy and Lena barely visible, Swalland Farm, 1932. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

Belinda Norman says the lady seated nearest the camera was George and Louisa Ford’s niece, Nell (Elizabeth Ellen) Moss (1884-1965) who acted as companion/housekeeper for Louisa and made clotted cream and butter at both Manor Farm , Tarrant Monkton and Swalland Farm, Kimmeridge. The lady sat next to her is believed to be Nell’s mother Elizabeth Emma Moss neé Hunt (1860-1936). Standing were Louisa’s brother Herbert John Thomas ‘Herb’ Hargedon (1908-1978) and Helen Dixon (1908-1991) of Swindon who married in 1934.

George Ford, Orchard Hill c1948. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

Louisa Ford, Orchard Hill. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

Belinda Norman tells us Louisa had a great sense of humour and once went into a one of the bookshops in Swanage to buy a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and asked for one with pictures! Also, George Ford used to cycle from Bovington to Worth Matravers in order to tend to Peter Newton’s garden and Basil Stump’s garden up until the late 1970s at least.

George and Louisa Ford, September 1959. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

George and Louisa Ford. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

Wedding of Lena Ford to Arthur Fay, 1947. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

Back row: George Ford, Helen Ford, [best man], Arthur Fay, Lena Ford, Mr Ellis, [bridesmaid], [bridesmaid].

Front row: Esme Ford, Mrs Fay, Doreen Ford, Louisa Ford, Bob Ford.

Wedding of Paddy Ford and Sylvia ‘Tot’ Lock. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

Paddy and Sylvia ‘Tot’ Ford with son Ray. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

Esme Ford at Orchard Hill c. 1947. Photo courtesy of Scott Duncan.

George and Louisa Ford at buried at Kingston.

George & Louisa’s headstone, Kingston New Church. Photo courtesy of Kingston OPC.

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